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NIAID HIV/AIDS Research among Black Americans

NIAID funds and conducts numerous studies on the prevention, care, treatment and epidemiology of HIV/AIDS among black Americans. These studies include:

TLC-Plus (HPTN 065)
This study will determine the feasibility and may inform the design of a future U.S. clinical trial of an HIV prevention strategy that involves a more aggressive, community-wide approach to testing people for HIV and quickly linking them to medical care. The study is taking place in two majority-black communities: Washington, D.C., and the Bronx, N.Y. For more information, click here.

D.C. Partnership for HIV/AIDS Progress
This collaborative research initiative by NIH and the Washington, D.C. Department of Health aims to decrease the rate of new HIV infections in the nation’s capital, improve the health of district residents living with HIV infection, and strengthen the city’s response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic. For more information, please read this announcement.

Women’s Interagency HIV Study
Black women compose more than half of the 3,800 participants in this ongoing observational study of the natural and treated history of HIV infection in women, now in its 19th year. The participants come from Brooklyn, N.Y., the Bronx, N.Y., Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. NIAID is a major funder of this study. For more information, please see the WIHS website.

HPTN 061
The purpose of this study is to research and potentially design a new, improved way of slowing the spread of HIV among black men who have sex with men. The HPTN 061 investigators are currently analyzing their collected data with plans to present results in July at the AIDS 2012 conference in Washington, D.C. For more information, click here.

HPTN 064
This study was designed to estimate HIV incidence among women from areas with high rates of both HIV and poverty. In March 2012, the investigators reported an estimated annual HIV incidence of 0.24 percent in the study population, 88 percent of whom were black. That is roughly five times the HIV incidence rate for black women in the United States as a whole, and is comparable to estimated HIV incidence rates among adults in parts of sub-Saharan Africa. For more information, click here.

Last Updated March 15, 2012

Last Reviewed January 25, 2012